Twin Rivers police arrested an 18-year-old student Tuesday afternoon for bringing two guns - one loaded - onto the campus of the Pacific Career &Technology High School in North Highlands, according to school district officials.
The man, identified by Sacramento County Sheriff's Department officials as Jaison Andrade, was arrested on suspicion of possessing concealed firearms on a school campus after police officers and a canine unit from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department searched the campus at 6560 Melrose Drive and found two 22-caliber handguns in a backpack, said Zenobia Gerald, Twin Rivers district spokeswoman.
School officials were alerted to the presence of the weapons at 10:35 a.m. by the mother of a student who had heard that someone had brought weapons on campus. The school was locked down and searched, Gerald said. A Sheriff's Department canine named Rocky found the guns.
Twin Rivers Unified officials said the 18-year-old will face an automatic referral for expulsion. They do not know why he brought the guns on campus, according to Gerald.
"Like other school districts around the country, we are always on a heightened sense of awareness about potential threats to our schools," Superintendent Steven Martinez said in a news release. "We have safety procedures in place, and we are constantly reviewing those procedures and district protocols in order to ensure a safe learning environment for all students."
In the statement, Martinez urged parent to talk to their children about the seriousness of the incident and to ask them to notify school personnel if they hear of any similar threats.
"We will continue to be vigilant. We believe all children deserve to have a safe and positive learning environment and it's up to all of us to make sure that happens," he said.